Water for Life : Water Management and Environmental Policy

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Water for Life : Water Management and Environmental Policy

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 322 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521362115
  • DDC分類 333.91

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Successful water management is crucial for the proper operation of natural environmental systems and for the support of human society. These two aspects are interdependent, but decisions about one are often made without regard to effects upon the other. A persistent challenge is to consider them together. This book fully analyzes the relationship between water management, environmental conditions and public policy. It combines a careful review of the character and evolution of water management and evaluates management from the standpoint of the quality of the natural environment. Topics covered include domestic and industrial water supply and waste disposal, groundwater use, river channel and floodplain management, and integrated river basins. The processes of social decision-making are examined against a backdrop of plant-soil-water-ecosystem relationships and ecosystem change. Examples are drawn from around the world, from local watershed management to international river basin planning, with emphasis on integrative approaches.

Table of Contents

List of figures                                    vi
List of tables xii
Preface xv
List of abbreviations xviii
Conversions of selected units of hydrologic xx
measurement
1 Water and Life 1 (12)
2 Challenge and opportunity 13 (13)
3 Unfolding recognition of ecosystem change 26 (21)
4 Natural waters 47 (18)
5 Plant-soil-water-ecosystem relationships 65 (27)
6 Groundwater 92 (17)
7 Lakes and wetlands 109 (30)
8 River channels and floodplains 139 (21)
9 Impounded rivers and reservoirs 160 (26)
10 Domestic and industrial water management 186 (32)
11 Decision processes 218 (18)
12 Integrative approaches 236 (26)
Appendix Guide to Internet resources on water 262 (35)
and environment
References 297 (23)
Index 320